Markets In A Minute for week ending Dec 14, 2018: Possible hold on 2019 rate hikes
- The Fed’s plans to continue raising policy rates next year may be on hold. However, a policy rate hike at next week’s FOMC meeting is still likely
- The core consumer price index, which is a key measure of inflation, picked up in November. Inflation could put pressure on mortgage rates to move higher.
- Unemployment claims fell to a near 49-year low last week. The drop could ease concerns about a slowdown in the labor market and economy.
- Data for November shows mortgage applications for newly constructed homes were down 14% from October. Applications were also down 11% year over year.
- Freddie Mac is helping to lower utility bills for hundreds of thousands of low- and middle-income renters. It’s part of their 3-year “Duty to Serve” plan.
- Freddie and Fannie Mae have announced a nationwide suspension of eviction lockouts on foreclosures for the holiday season, from Dec. 17 through Jan. 2.
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